Stop...put the world on pause at Weald & Downland Living Museum

In our fast-paced world, people from all walks of life are looking for ways to improve their health and overall wellbeing through mindfulness and relaxing activities. The Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton, near Chichester, offers a haven for people looking to take a deep breath and put the world on pause. 

It may seem like ‘mindfulness’ is nothing more than the latest buzzword, but at the Museum it’s more than a fad. The chance for relaxation and respite from the stresses of the modern world is integrated into every aspect of the visitor experience. Set in the South Downs National Park, the natural setting helps to generate a calming atmosphere and gives visitors a picture of the past through stunning architecture, providing a fresh perspective on current worries. 

The Museum is a dog-friendly site with beautiful woodland, period gardens, farm animals and a lakeside cafe. Each building is spread out across the rural landscape, making it perfect for families and visitors of all ages to discover and experience the sights, sounds and smells, and get a real taste for the life our ancestors lived; which truly allows you to immerse yourself into the past. 

The interactive nature of the Weald & Downland Living Museum also boosts mindfulness – from demonstrations of how everyday activities such as cooking and milling were carried out in the past, to the range of traditional arts and crafts courses on offer, there is a chance for visitors to pause, reflect, slow down and learn new skills. 

Emma Keen, Marketing Manager, commented: 

“There is something very restful about the atmosphere here. Our buildings and architecture give visitors a real connection to that past, and I think that leads us all to reflect and see our present with fresh eyes. There’s also a chance to learn something, from historical facts to new skills, and people often leave with a real sense of achievement at having improved themselves. It’s well-known that being outdoors can boost wellbeing and there are few places more beautiful than the South Downs National Park to enjoy the fresh air and the natural world. It’s undoubtedly a beautiful place to work and its very satisfying to see how happy and relaxed visitors are after their visit. It’s definitely something we aim to make sure continues in the future.”

The Weald & Downland Living Museum is in its 50th year, opening to the public in 1970, it was founded by Dr J.R Armstrong MBE. The aim of the Museum is to preserve historical buildings and increase the awareness of ancient crafts, trades and industries. Set in the peaceful surroundings of the South Downs National Park, the Weald & Downland Living Museum is home to over 50 historic buildings spanning over 1000 years. 

Each building has been carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt. Across the 40-acre site, the Museum shows extraordinary examples of early architecture, materials used in construction and tells the stories of those who lived and worked in rural South East England. 

The Museum offers a breadth of opportunities from a great day out to short & single courses, as well as volunteering, memberships and more, visit

Posted on December 19th 2019Category: Blog